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A new report from the Institute for Security and Development Policy examines yhe growing consumption of Spice—a generic name for chemically produced synthetic cannabinoids. Spice has been responsible for an increasing number of overdoses and even deaths in European countries. In Sweden alone, 2014 saw the occurrence of over 300 overdoses attributed to Spice. The fact that Spice is composed of largely non-illegal substances—and is therefore sold as “legal”—presents a major problem for policymakers and law enforcement authorities. At both the national and the European level, the efforts made by policymakers to stem the spread of Spice and to eliminate it from circulation have been insufficient. A more robust approach aimed at proscribing the drug and putting the onus
on manufacturers to prove the safety of Spice is therefore necessary.
The report is published by the Transnational Threat Initiative at the ISDP, by researchers Aïssata Maïga, Jeanette Lindberg & Walter Kegö. Full PDF of the Policy Briefing can be downloaded here. The authors put forward the case that stronger EU cooperation on the issue, more funding for research and prevention, while shifting the burden of proof of legality to the manufacturers of such drugs, are all essential if Spice is to be tackled effectively.
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In 3- 5 december the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) held a reconvened session in Vienna. Delegates discussed preparations for the upcoming special session on the world drug problem in 2016 - UNGASS.
ECAD participated at the session and produced a joint statement in support of the conventions, together with World Federation Against Drugs, San Patrignano Foundation, European Action on Drugs, Drug Policy Futures and Recovered Users Network to the delegates of the CND.
The statement was read by WFAD secretary general Linda Nilsson.
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Protect unborn children from the damages of drugs
On November 21 ECAD organized a conference in Minsk in Belarus together with Women’s Committee on Alcohol and Drugs Issues (WOCAD) and Mothers against Drugs. The conference gathered around 40 representatives working as midwives in Belarus. The conference was held as a part of a 3-year long project between ECAD and WOCAD and is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The project supports the work against drugs in Belarus and prioritizes training and support of young women and girls. Deputy director Ake Setréus represented ECAD in the conference and made a speech about the importance of working against drug use, maintaining a restrictive public opinion against drugs and working for democratic societies.
Two pleased delegates from a Child Protection Organization
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ECAD congratulates Fabio for the recognition of his work and is proud to have him on board as our Italian representative.
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Every year ECAD makes a study visit to the Italian drug rehabilitation of San Patrignano, in Riccione. This year, a delegation from Sweden, Lithuania, Russia, Malta and Italy met with some of San Patriganos over 1300 residents. The residents spoke about recovery from addiction through compassion, hard work and a joint committment to freedom from drugs. San Patrignano have remarkable results and have become a role model for treatment centers around the world, without costing the tax payers a single euro.
If you want to know more please contact the center, or even better yet - join ECAD´s next trip to San Patrignano in the fall of 2015.
Down below you will find ECAD delegation member Emmely Wikholms impression from this years trip.
Hi Emmely, who are you and why did you join us to San Patrignano? Hi, my name is Emmely Wikholm and I am a member of the social Welfare Board and the drug commission in Gävle, Sweden for the Green Party. My mission is to decrease the use of illicit drugs within the local population with the focus at youths.
What was your impression of the treatment center and the people you met there? The treatment center and the environment had the right spirit. Work, education and the feeling of belonging is the key to a life without drugs. When we got the tour around San Patrignano by three young guys living there I got the impression that they now had hopes and dreams in their lives.
Did you like the conference and what will you bring back to Gävle? I enjoyed the conference and got a view of the drug politic and situation in Italy. Also the view that you don't need drugs to be sober from other drugs. We also listened to a presentation about drug courts from an american judge. It would be really interesting to see if that could be introduced in Sweden.
and 6th World Forum Against Drugs
Kevin Sabet, PhD, Director, Drug Policy Institute, University of Florida, President, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), USA
Speech at the WFAD /ECAD 25th Mayors Conference, Gothenburg, May 15, 2018 (Video 5min.)
Supply reduction in Peril? A lot of the worlds`s drug supply emanates from a war-torn Columbia.
Dr. Michael Jonsson, FOI, Swedish Defence Research Agency
Text to the slides (PDF)
In Columbia, a peace deal has been struck, which gives hope for a closure of insurgency and violence. (PDF)
Thomas Pietschmann, Dr, Drug Research Section, Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs
The International drug control system, global/regional and national drug patterns and trends, and supply reduction efforts at the international level (PDF)
Photo: Götaplatsen @ Klas Eriksson
Annual Mayors` Conference and the 6th World Forum Against Drugs will take off on May 14-15 in Gothenburg this year.
This joint event will address a growing interest to the effective prevention practices, full recovery and alternatives to incarceration and to life-long dependency on drug treatment.
The conference will create a room for elaborating a practical guide to how a recovery city will look like, this will be grounded on the recent evidence-based research. Sheffield Hallam University (UK), Ghent University (Belgium) and the City of Gothenburg have already started working on this guide in practice.
In order to find out more and to register please visit a joint webpage here.
MAYORS` CONFERENCE 2017
ECAD 24th Mayors` Conference materials
On June 12-13, the city of Kaunas hosted ECAD 24th Annual Mayors`s Conference 2017
Safe Cities Without Drugs. Preventing, Protecting, Policing
David W. Spencer, Field intelligence Manager, Drug Enforcement Agency, European Region
Supply reduction and dismantling drug trafficking organizations: In what ways can local communities benefit (PDF)
Kim Nilvall, Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence section, Organized crime
Police work in socially disadvantaged areas in Sweden: Impact of drugs on urban crime (PDF)
Torsten Stodiek, Deputy Head, Strategic Police Matters Unit, Community Policing Advisor, Transnational Threats Department, OSCE
Preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalisation that lead to terrorism:
A community and intelligence led policing approach (PDF)
Jon Sigfusson, Director for Icelandic Centre of Social Research and Analysis, Reykjavik University, ICSRA
Youth in Europe and Planet Youth (PDF)
Laimonas Vasiliauskas, Senior Specialist, Serious and Organized Crime Department, EUROPOL
European Illicit Drug Market (PDF)
Antonio Boscini, Health Director, San Patrignano Community, Rimini, Italy
Recovery and social reinsertion: San Patrignano Community model extended (PDF)
CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (PDF)
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT (PDF)
Conference Booking Form
Picture: @Rokas Tenys
Warm welcome to Kaunas, Lithuania!